Le vite de' piu celebri architetti d'ogni nazione e d'ogni tempo precedute da un saggio sopra l'Architettura. Francesco MILIZIA.
Le vite de' piu celebri architetti d'ogni nazione e d'ogni tempo precedute da un saggio sopra l'Architettura
Le vite de' piu celebri architetti d'ogni nazione e d'ogni tempo precedute da un saggio sopra l'Architettura
The Vasari of Architecture
Rome, Paolo Giunchi Komarek, 1768.

Le vite de' piu celebri architetti d'ogni nazione e d'ogni tempo precedute da un saggio sopra l'Architettura.

4to, viii, 492 pp., with one engraved t-p and 6 folding plates. Bound in quarter contemporary vellum and patterned paper wrappers over boards; some restoration to spine. Ex libris of William Murray of Touchadam on front end pastedown. Light fingersoiling on initial leaves, minor worming primarily in gutter but entering text ff.72-92 (not affecting legibility). A large copy, untrimmed and many quires uncut and excellent.

An untrimmed and largely unopened copy of the  first edition of this work on the biographies of well-known architects, very rare in this state: a work whose importance to the historiography of architecture equals that of Vasari for Renaissance artists, just as the author intended. After historical surveys of ancient and medieval monuments and the building programs traditionally associated with great rulers, Milizia covers the lives and works of the principal European architects from the 15th century to contemporaries, giving capsule summaries of their lives and principal works. His rationalist and neo-classical bias in evaluating their productions is thought to derive from the Venetian theorist Carlo Lodoli. His interest in architecture beyond the borders of Italy highly is unusual.

Francesco Milizia (1725-1798)is considered the very first art historian who tried to compile a bio-bibliography of the life and works of the architects, covering a wide period from antiquity to his time, the end of the 18th century. “An enthusiastic disciple of the critical spirit of the age, he wrote with the polemics of a utopian reformer; his comments were original, lively and frequently mordant.” – E. Arntzen, apud D. Wiebenson. Architectural theory and practice from Alberti to Ledoux, II,40.

Milizia (1725-1798) had encyclopedic interests and wrote on nearly all of them, though his architectural works, especially Le vite and the Memorie, are considered his best.

 * Cicognara 2324; Schlosser-Magnino 508-09; Watkins, A History of Western Architecture pp. 353-54.

Price: $3,450.00

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